A very fine Chinese famille rose « quails » teapot. Yongzheng
Delicately enamelled with two quails on a grassy mound beside bamboo and rocks. The other side is decorated with a branch od peonies in an architecture.
- Period :
- Yongzheng (1723-1735)
- 3.93 in. (10 cm hight) / 6.10 in. (15.5 cm l.)
- Reference :
John Ayers and David Howard, China for the West, London and New York 1978, p. 152 (for a plate with similar decoration).
Victoria and Alberto Museum, London, number 1985-1855 (for a plate with similar decoration).
Ashmolean Museum: Eastern Ceramics, by G. Reitlinger, p. 58, cat. 135 (for a plate with similar decoration).
The “quail” pattern is based on Japanese Kakiemon decoration and was associated with autumn, moonlight and the grassy plains of Musashino. By the 17th century, the motif had become quite common and was later copied by Meissen, Chantilly and Delft. For further information about the “quail” motif, see Ayers, Impey & Mallet, Porcelain for Palaces, pp. 296-303.